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Guide to Freedom

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts in collaboration with Princeton Garden Theatre presents a screening of the documentary.Tickets are available through the Garden Theatre box office and website and are free to Princeton University students, faculty and staff with Princeton ID.
“The Negro Motorist Green Book.” In the 1930s, Green, a black postal carrier from Harlem, began publishing this annual guide in the era of Jim Crow laws, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against African Americans and other non-whites was widespread. These travelers, often journeying by automobile to avoid other discriminatory practices on public transportation, faced a variety of dangers and inconveniences along the road, from refusal of food and lodging to arbitrary arrest.
In response, Green wrote his guide to services and places relatively friendly to African Americans, eventually expanding its coverage from the New York area to much of North America. The film explores some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and relates stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.The 2019 Academy Award-winning film Green Book is also a reference to Green’s publication.Andrew Ricketts of BET (Black Entertainment Television) notes, “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom is a timely film on Green’s handbook of the same name.
His guide listed over 9,500 venues where Black vacationers were welcome. But it’s only an afterthought in the fictional film that bears its title.Although that film won Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor, it glosses over the significance of “The Green Book” in favor of narrowing the focus to the prevalence of White ignorance. That curious omission makes the origin story of “The Green Book” even more crucial.Director Yoruba Richen reveals it in a documentary that is equal parts proud and tragic.”

New York Public LibraryYoruba Richen, the film’s writer/director, is a documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Atlantic, and Field of Vision.Her feature documentary, The New Black won multiple festival awards and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. Her previous film Promised Land, won the Fledgling Fund award for social issue documentary, and she won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day.

She has also won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was a Sundance Producers Fellow. Richen is a Fulbright fellow, a Guggenheim fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.She was chosen for The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans 45 and under, recognizing her as a leader whose “work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.” She is a lecturer and director of the documentary program at the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.Su Friedrich has produced and directed twenty-three 16mm films and digital videos, and with one exception is the writer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor of all her films. Friedrichs films have won many awards, including the Best Narrative Film Award at the Athens International Film Festival, the Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest in Los Angeles, the Special Jury Award at the New York Gay Lesbian Film Festival, the Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival, the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the Best Experimental Narrative Award at the Atlanta Film Festival.
Her work is widely screened in the United States, Canada and Europe and has been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, The Stadtkino in Vienna, the Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver, and the National Film Theater in London. In 2016, her film Sink or Swim (1990) was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of The Library of Congress.Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Library of Australia, as well as many university libraries.Princeton Garden Theatre maintains an ongoing collaborative relationship with the Lewis Center for the Arts and other departments throughout the University.The theater presents independent, foreign, and classic films and special film-related programming and in 2017 was named by as The Best Movie Theater in New Jersey.To learn more about this event, the Program in Visual Arts, and the more than 100 other performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings and lectures presented each year at the Lewis Center visit arts.

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How the 737 Max’s Grounding Affects Business Travel

Last week, Global Business Travel Association President Christle Johnson stated in a news release that the shutdown was having a direct impact.

“As authorities across the globe have grounded planes, we are seeing immediate travel disruption,” Johnson said.“We will continue to follow these announcements closely to assess the business travel impact and will keep you apprised as we learn more.”But even before last week’s announcement that the plane would be grounded in the U.S. questions around the 737 Max were creating a degree of chaos around the travel booking process—in part because some airlines were debating removing the planes from circulation, both nationally and internationally.

According to the travel website Simple Flying, the Max planes made up only a small percentage of the number of planes in circulation (72 out of more than 2,500 active planes in the U.S. However, the number of flights (more than 2,000 each week) and number of seats represented (more than 355,000) created huge logistical challenges for many airlines, including the need to move new aircraft into the place of the current planes.The largest airlines in North America to have a significant fleet of 737 Max planes are Southwest and American Airlines. Southwest has moved other planes in place of the Max planes, while American Airlines strategically canceled some flights with multiple daily trips to minimize the impact.“Overall, there is plenty of capacity globally to pick up the slack left by the departure of the 737 Max,” the website stated. “In the short term, there’s likely to be a certain amount of disruption as carriers put contingency plans in place.”Things have calmed down to a degree in the U.S.since the ban first surfaced, but it’s still creating issues elsewhere, such as in Canada, where airlines, including WestJet and Air Canada, face challenges.If you’re traveling soon, it might be a good idea to take a look to see if your ticket was booked on an affected plane, something you can see at the website Flight Stats.

com. But even if you’re not necessarily on a 737 Max, you may still run into issues if only because shifting aircraft might create ripple effects down the line.This was something Southwest spokesperson Dan Landson alluded to in comments reported by USA Today.“Operating an airline is a puzzle that’s put together every day and then reset when operational issues come into play,” Landson said.“When a flight is canceled, our teams look for ways to minimize the impact to all customers, including on the original canceled flight and then along the way where the aircraft/flight was scheduled to operate.”To put it another way—until everything gets worked out,  prepare for the potential for a little turbulence in the booking process.

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These 32 Chicago schools to split $32 million for new STEM, arts, and International Baccalaureate …

Chicago will add programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math — and some also with arts — to 11 schools. In an effort to make its neighborhood and magnet schools more attractive, Chicago will spend $32 million on expanding sought-after programs such as International Baccalaureate and dual-language to 32 more campuses across the city.
The plan, announced today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools chief Janice Jackson, is billed as the largest programmatic expansion in the district’s history and comes at a time of intense scrutiny over what Chicago is doing to stem the tide of declining K-12 enrollment citywide.When the competitive application program was announced last fall, 102 principals sent the district letters of intent to apply for funds, and the district subsequently invited 58 of them to submit full proposals, eventually narrowing the list down to 32 schools, according to school board reports from Jackson.
The school district has repeated refused Chalkbeat requests for a complete list of schools that applied.You can find the full list of 32 awardees below.Of the seven high schools receiving funds, six are district-run neighborhood schools that have struggled to compete with the district’s popular selective-enrollment high schools. Chicago will add programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math and some also with arts to 11 schools.It will expand the International Baccalaureate curriculum to seven schools, to bring the program to a total of 62 campuses citywide. The rigorous IB curriculum originally designed for the children of British diplomats has expanded more quickly here than in any other school district in North America.The $32 million expansion will also build out dual-language programs at four schools. A small group of schools will also receive world language and personalized learning programs that lean on computer-assisted instruction.
The district will add one new gifted program, starting with kindergarten, at McPherson Elementary in inventory report compiled with school-choice group Kids First that is meant to both guide district decision making and arm school communities with information to discuss and advocate for resources.The report, which debuted last year, divides the school district into 16 planning regions showing where schools are, what programs they offer, how they are performing, and how people choose among available options. At community meetings held last year about the district’s Annual Regional Analysis, educators and parents pushed for the school district to help neglected open-enrollment schools raise their profile with programmatic investments and marketing support.

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